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SecondHand Hounds Rescue ~ Dog Photography

If you’ve been following 3 Peas on Instagram or Facebook you’ve probably noticed we’ve gone a bit to the dogs:D
This past summer, we lost our beloved dog of 13.5yrs. We’d had him since he was a 7wk old puppy, and he was truly part of our family. You know how some people have a dog who’s well, just a dog, and then some people have a dog who’s pretty much like a kid to them and a sibling to their human kids? Yeah we fall into that last one… After losing our sweet boy, I knew that I wanted to take some time before finding our next dog, and what better way than to volunteer to be fosters for a local rescue. It was an interesting experience, that was super rewarding, and it surprisingly did not take us long to find our next forever dog. We were foster failures who ended up keeping Blue when he came to us from Kentucky in December. He’s amazingly sweet, loyal and quirky. Perfect for us. He’s often featured on our Instagram feed- so be sure to follow us!

ANYHOO- since we didn’t last long in the fostering arena, and want to take some time to get Blue settled before we consider fostering again, I wanted to find another way to continue to help Secondhand Hounds as I really found them to be quite an amazing organization. So enter in the obvious way- photographs of some of the sweet dogs they have available for adoption! So in the past month 8 different pups have come into the studio for updated photos for their adoption profile. Two have been adopted- but these six are still available!

Introducing (from left to right) Georgie, SweetPea, PattyCakes, Rotini, Ho-Ho, and Java. I really had a blast taking their photos and can only hope that I managed to capture their cuteness and sweetness, so that soon they too can find their forever homes!

Check them and all the other pets out at SecondHandHounds website for more info!
If you’ve ever considered fostering and have any questions- I’m happy to answer them! It was really a great way for us to help out, AND find the next dog for our family. Since we have children, we really needed to know that the dog would get along well in our crazy house, so it was sort of a “try before you buy” method. It WAS hard saying goodbye to foster dogs who weren’t right for us, but helping them find their forever homes was so rewarding.


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Twin Cities Pet Photographer

Britta Polencheck - Friday, March 6, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Amy, it was a pleasure bringing Java in to have her photo taken. Thank you again for the session! Happy update – after six weeks living with us and our crazy dogs, Java finally got adopted! She moved to her forever home this past week.

Sweet Baby Francis ~ Minneapolis Baby Photographer

This sweet little bundle of love, was such a mellow little dude. I think partly because he has such an adoring entourage to attend to his every need. With a sister as sweet as she, he’s surely in for a lifetime of tea parties, stuffed animal adventures, and lots of story times. She has a lot to tell him, and I think he’s going to be a great listener…at least for the next year or so…;)

While most newborn sessions are done at the studio, I will admit I have a soft spot for when clients opt for an in home session instead. There’s just something so infinitely more personal about a session where your home is the backdrop. It makes them even more unique to you, and as your little love grows, they will see just how little they use to be when you rocked them in your favorite chair. I do still bring along a few textiles of them own, so it’s really just an awesome mixture of images. Plus- hello it’s winter and you don’t have to trudge out into the cold with your baby! I come to you, and all you need to do is turn up your heat and let me do the rest.:)


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Don’t you just want to SMOOCH those cheeks??? So. Perfect.

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Not to mention that perfect little newborn baby belly! SO. SWEET.

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And his equally adorable proud big sister Claire. Could she be any cuter?? She’s still so little herself, but it’s amazing how the kids we thought of as small the day before- somehow look so much bigger and older when they are holding their new teeny tiny baby brother. So many parents often comment on this fact- how quickly their first baby, becomes the big sibling. So many changes in store for her but hopefully a life long friendship for the two of them.

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2014 is a Wrap!

As 2014 comes to a close, a huge THANK YOU to all the clients that we saw this year!
It was an amazing year, and leaves me SO excited to see what is in store for us in 2015!

It’s always fun for me (and by me I mean my awesome assistant Sally) to put together this compilation of most of the sessions from the year. It’s sort of a “where’s waldo” and I just love seeing all these moments from 2014 together!
I really do have the best clients EVER!! Look at all these cute kids!

My kids asked me “why do those three get bigger pictures?!” the answer is- because those families are my 3 longest clients! They have been coming yearly since the almost the beginning of 3 Peas Photography. They are in many ways, the roots of our little small business! This next year will mark my 9th year in business. I have never taken for granted how amazing it is that I get to be a part of families photographic legacy. It’s a large part of what I love about what I do, because I know how treasured photographs are for generations. Whether I see you every year, or just once in your lifetime, it’s something I’m proud to be a part of, proud to know that I’ve played a role in documenting your family.

Happy New Year!

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Fall Fun ~ MN Family Photographer

It’s no surprise that fall is the most popular time for family photographs. Of course that also means it’s the busiest season for family and child photographers! We Minnesotans really love our seasons, and fall is especially beautiful here. I think it’s Mother Nature’s way of giving us a big reason for us to love her, before she plummets us into the arctic season.

Every fall is also when I typically get buried in work, and my poor blog gets neglected! I’m *slightly* better at posting a few peeks on the 3 Peas Facebook page, or some behind the scenes peeks on Instagram.

But alas- I just had to take the time to share some images from this session from September- as I just LOVE it so!! This was a new location for us this year, I’m always on the search for great places for family photos, and since many parks require permits for photographers (rightfully so!) it’s always exciting when I find a place where it’s worth every penny!  I’m excited for more sessions there next year as it’s sure to be beautiful year round, and it’s conveniently located in the west metro- just like us!

Okay- onto the adorable portraits of this gorgeous family. I swear these boys just get cuter every time I see them! You may especially recognize the wee one, as he’s been in the studio several times this year for his milestone portraits, but this time it was time for the yearly family photos. Big brother might look familiar as well, as I use his 2yr session a lot in my promo pieces, as it was such a fantastic session as well! He always knows how to bring on the charm, and his parents are so easy to photograph as they are great at just being in the moment and letting the awesomeness unwind authentically.:)


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Thanks M family for another amazing session! ~Amy

Chicago Beauties ~ MN Family Photographer

This gorgeous crew of kids was the first session of my recent trip to Chicago. It’s become a summer tradition to spend a few days in Chicago each summer, photographing old clients and meeting a few new ones! This was the first time I’d photographed this beautiful family- and they made my job easy! We met for our sessions at a nearby park in their area that I’ve become very fond of for my Chicago sessions. It’s so pretty and as long as you can avoid all the bike riders enjoying the trails, it’s a lovely quiet area with gorgeous flowers.

This year my trip was plagued with some less than stellar weather. We were dealing with some pretty serious rainstorms for several days, forcing quite a few clients to have to wait until next year (boo!) This family was lucky- as the first night I was there the weather was honestly perfection. Warm, lovely light and not the heat I seem to normally bring with me each year! (one year it was over 100*) It truly the best kind of late summer evening. After the main portion of our session, we headed to a nearby playground to let the kids romp and play- I love capturing a few candid photos at the park. Kids inner joy just seeps from their pores when they are swinging, and climbing and sliding…..

Okay- on to the photos! First up, the four kids!

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The whole adorable family!

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I love these images of father and son and mother and daughters…

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One of my personal favorites from our time at the park… it just makes me think of childhood summers, eeking out every bit of freedom and playing at parks while you can… before school starts again for the year…


Thank you S family for having me photograph you this year! ~ Amy

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